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Our Product Guru's Top 5 Springtime Faves!

by Kendra
10. April 2014 10:08

I don't know about you, but I love spring! The sun finally comes out, the birds begin to chirp, and we welcome our resident family of geese back to their summer home here at the 'ville. But the cherry on top is all the recognition events that happen in the spring! This week is National Volunteer Week, April 17 is National High 5 Day, Administrative Professional's Week is April 20, and then, in May, there are Teacher Appreciation Week and National Nurses Week. That's a lot of recognition! So, in staying festive I've picked my favorite springtime recognition gifts!

1. California

With so many colors and messages to choose from, this gift will put a smile on your recipient's face. Pair it with a handwritten note and a Crystal Light On-the-Go packet and you have a fresh, new gift!
California Tumbler

2. Mini Glass
Candy Mason Jars

Filled with gourmet Jelly Beans, this gift is a tasty treat that lasts! Pair a Mini Glass Candy Mason Jar with one of our Mason Tumblers for a fun gift! We have a lot of great sentiments for Teachers and Nurses.
Candy Mason Jar

3. Glitter
Lapel Pins

Add a little sparkle to your co-worker's day with our best-selling Glitter Lapel Pins! Glitter Lapel Pins are a fresh, new take on the classic lapel pin. Pair the Glitter Lapel Pin with our lapel pin presentation box for a completed gift.
Glitter Lapel Pin
4. Tervis Tervis Tumblers® are a popular drinkware item that now features Baudville art! Tervis Tumblers will fit anyone in your work place. They hold hot or cold beverages and are dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe. Plus, they offer a Lifetime Guarantee and are Made in America!
Tervis Tumbler

5. Slingpack

This bag is just the gift or giveaway for your summer picnics this year! For as low as $3.95 per bag, you can fill it up with our Color Splash Water Bottles and an Eye Popping Squeezie for a low cost gift giveaway. With ten different options to choose from you're guaranteed to find one that fits your team!
Slingpack Bag

To find more recognition events, click here to visit our recognition event calendar.


Kendra is Baudville's Product Coordinator. Using her awesome powers of organization and research, she brings new and innovative products to our customers. She is a recent graduate and is ready to help with your recognition wants and needs. Watch out, because this young professional just touched down at Baudville!

5 Low Cost Gift Ideas for National Nurses Week

by Kendra
23. April 2013 08:30

National Nurses Week is just around the corner and we're here to help you get prepared! We've put together a few low cost / DIY gift ideas to help you recognize the special nurses in your life. When is National Nurses Week 2013 you ask? With just a week and a half to go, National Nurses Week is May 6 – 12, 2013.

Multi – Color Syringe Pens
These new pens are just $1.99ea! Pens are sold in packs of 5. Each pen contains a colorful liquid inside making this a fun and unique gift to give to your nurses.

How to Give: For an inexpensive gift, give a Multi-Color Syringe Pen with a free
National Nurses Week Print and Post. Make sure to write a note on the back for an added personal touch!

Create Your Own Thank You Gift!
We got this great idea off the blog
Craftiness is not Optional. Fill a plastic cello bag with small items that your nurses will use and love. Items you can use to fill your Nurses goody bags are candy, pens, Twist Top Tumblers, Chapstick, and hand sanitizer.

How to Give: Add the finishing touches to your nurses' goody bags with a ribbon and a personal note, making this goody bag an easy-to-give National Nurses Week Gift!

A Note a Day Pill Box
This awesome idea comes from a great nursing blog called
Nursetopia. They talk about giving this gift to school nurses, but we think it is perfect for any nurse or healthcare professional. Nursetopia suggests filling the little compartments with small pieces of candy such as Starbursts, Dove Chocolate, and Tootsie Rolls and including little notes of encouragement for each day. Check out Baudville's free Print and Posts to include as notes of encouragement!

How to Give: Hand out the Note a Day Pill Box to the special nurses in your life at that beginning of National Nurses Week. This way, every day they have a small gift to remind them how special they are!

We Appreciate You – Stethoscope Tote Bag
Our best-selling tote bags are a great gift for your nurses during National Nurses Week. Practical poly-canvas tote bags are sturdy and have a lot of room to carry everything your nurses need.

How to Give: Give the healthcare themed tote bag just by itself. Or, create an extra special gift for your nurses by including some of their favorite things in the tote bag.

Steth-o-Charms – Priced at just $8.95 this cute and practical gift already comes nicely packaged and ready-to-give! Baudville has an array of Steth-o-Charms geared toward nurses. One of my personal favorites it the Nurses Rock Steth-o-Charm. Steth-o-Charms add the perfect amount of bling to your nurses' stethoscopes and are easy to attach with the elastic strap backing that securely holds the Steth-o-Charm in place.

How to Give: Give Steth-o-Charms to your amazing nurses with a card appreciating their dedication!

Even though these nurses gifts are all great low cost gifts, make sure you spend time making the presentation of the gift thoughtful. Personally give them the gift and verbally express you appreciation and gratitude towards their hard work.

Five Free and Low Cost Ways to Celebrate National Nurses Week

by Cori
9. May 2011 08:14

May is an important time of year to recognize healthcare staff. National Nurses Week is May 6-12 and National Hospital Week is May 8-12. How will you recognize your healthcare staff?

Celebrating National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are five free and low cost ways to express your appreciation during these recognition weeks.

1. Casual Day. Let employees throughout the company come to work casual and in their corporate gear: t-shirts, polos, and hats. Employees love being able to wear jeans to work, and it doesn’t cost you anything!

2. Send an ePraise. Send a personal note during National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week expressing your appreciation for the individual’s contribution to the team. A personal note is a sincere and meaningful way to express appreciation, and you can send one for free via email with ePraise.

Recognize Nurses!3. Hand Out Snack Packs. It doesn’t take much to put together individual snack bags for the nurses on your staff. Compile snack size bags of crackers, fruit snacks, and nuts in a gift bag. Attach a gift tag and present to everyone on your team! The snacks will be appreciated throughout the day and give everyone a boost of energy.

4. Play a Game. You can easily coordinate a game for the cafeteria to take place during breaks. Set up a bean bag toss or Minute to Win It game. Have a tablet of paper nearby so staff and record their score and track the performance of their peers. Or print out a puzzle staff can complete during their lunch. Enter all correct puzzles in a drawing for a prize.

5. Make them Smile with Print and Posts. Download our free National Nurses Week Print and Posts to make your entire staff smile! Simply download and print out the PDF. Then cut out the individual sentiments, and tape them throughout the building where nurses will see them. You can put them on lockers, doors, the microwave, and refrigerator. The fun sayings are guaranteed to make them smile!

For more National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week appreciation ideas, visit these articles in our Recognition Resource Center:

 The Best National Nurses Week Celebration
 Hospital Implements Employee Appreciation Ideas for Successful Week-Long Celebration
 Big Staff Recognition, Little Cost for One Pediatric Hospital
 Five Ways to Appreciate Teachers and Nurses


Cori is Baudville's in-house Recognitionista (she's officially a Certified Recognition Professional, too)  and a member of the Millennial generation. Get her employee recognition tips and special discounts by liking Baudville on Facebook.

Top Five National Nurses Week "Gifts"

by Allison
3. May 2010 08:40

Last week I made the case for “why” to recognize nurses during National Nurses Week, so I thought this week it would be helpful to talk about “how.”

We know nurses are always on the go, on their feet, and on their game. So, why not give them the gift of:

Convenience. Travel mugs, tote bags, and key chains are all gifts that busy professionals can use every day. Plus, they give a constant reminder of your appreciation.

Comfort. Being run ragged all day can take its toll. Our Recognition Moments Tin has as assortment of 25 soothing gifts to give your nurses a little breather. This tin has enough to recognize your entire staff, and the variety of items means you’ll find something for everyone.

Remember what I said about thankless? Sometimes people just want to know that they’re appreciated. A simple thank you card with a personalized, handwritten note can go a long way.

Breaks don’t come often in the nursing profession. A little time off—or something just as valuable like a free lunch, snack, or coffee—could be all your nurses need to recharge. Our On-the-Go Appreciation Kit has fill-in notes and coupons that let you choose what you want to give.  

Admiration. Show them some respect by giving a gift they will wear with pride. Themed badge reels and lapel pins attach perfectly to scrubs and carry inspiring messages that your nurses will be thrilled to show off.

Healthcare Appreciation Gifts

So, there you go! You have the who (nurses), what & how (see above), where (in their natural habitat, of course), when (May 6-12) and why (read about it here). Now, go out there and celebrate National Nurses Week!


Allison is Baudville’s one (and only) Copywriter. She’s been writing for a variety of media for more than eight years, so if she tells you she has been there and done that, she probably has. Before embarking on a career in writing, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She’s what we call a true believer!

Make Celebrating National Nurses Week Painless

by Allison
22. April 2010 08:46

Almost a year ago to this day, I woke up at 5:00 in the morning in more pain than I’ve ever felt in my life. As I writhed and cursed the black bean burrito I’d eaten the night before, it became evident that I was headed to the emergency room.

A few hours later, I was basking in the bright, sterile glow that comes after three IV injections of painkiller and the peace of mind that there was nothing serious wrong with me.

It was in this lucid state, with nurses, doctors, and technicians all bustling around me that I had the foresight to ask someone what the hospital was planning to do for National Nurses Week. I wished for pen and paper and braced myself for the onslaught of useful information I would receive that I could share with my coworkers when I returned to work. Instead, what I heard was, “nothing, really.”


I couldn’t have been more shocked. Had it not been for the expert and attentive care of these professionals, I would…well, I don’t know what I would have done. I was in remarkable pain. And they took care of me with concern, immediacy, and total effectiveness. At the time it seemed like a miracle. And, therefore, a travesty that these individuals would not receive recognition during a week dedicated solely to them.   

Every day, people like me (and those much worse off) rely on nurses and healthcare professionals to make it all better. And very often they do, or certainly do everything in their power to. And the most amazing part is that they often do so after a double shift or while doing five other things at once—all while employing the educated and critical mind required to deal with life or death situations.

Nursing is often called a thankless profession. I can’t think of a better time than National Nurses Week—coming up May 6-12—to turn that around!

Just in time, we’ve designed an all new theme that makes it easy (and affordable!) to thank these compassionate and dedicated individuals.

We Appreciate You Healthcare Theme

On-the-go medical professionals will appreciate these useful gifts that give them a constant reminder of your gratitude! Check out the entire collection here.


Allison is Baudville’s one (and only) Copywriter. She’s been writing for a variety of media for more than nine years, so if she tells you she has been there and done that, she probably has. Before embarking on a career in writing, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She’s what we call a true believer!

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